It was on the 16th November 2010 following a great deal of public speculation that an announcement was made by Clarence House confirming that Prince William, oldest son of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales had become engaged to his long time girl friend Miss Catherine Middleton.
Prince William had actually ‘popped the question’ in October whilst the couple had been on holiday in the remote Rutundu Log Cabin in Laikipia in Kenya but had not made any public announcement until family and friends were advised and decisions could be made about the actual wedding itself.
William and Catherine were both 28 years old when the announcement was made and met whilst students at the University of St Andrews. Until the announcement was made, Catherine, a Fine Arts Graduate worked for her parents company whilst in 2010 William graduated as a Helicopter Pilot. As Flight Lieutenant Windsor he has joined RAF Search and Rescue which celebrates its 70th Anniversary in 2011 and will co-pilot Sea King helicopters as part of a four-man crew based at RAF Valley in Anglesey on the north-west coast of Wales. Appropriately, the flights also operate internationally in Cyprus (84 Squadron) and the Falkland Islands (1564 Flight).
As second in line to the British Throne and eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales this engagement has attracted significant interest throughout the world. To add to the Fairy Tale Romance, the engagement took place in the Kenya, where his grandmother was staying on the day that she became Queen whilst William gave Catherine the engagement ring first given by his father to Diana.
The wedding itself will not be a full State Ceremony as both parents will contribute towards the cost, but it will be held at Westminster Abbey, site of many well remembered royal events on 29th April 2011 and that date has been declared a public holiday in the UK and in the Falkland Islands.
Title: The Royal Wedding Westminster
Date of Issue: 29 April 2011
Country: Falkland Islands